The storm clouds rolled in over Frank Mann Field about ten minutes before the scheduled first pitch last night as the Aces were preparing to take on the Gaithersburg Giants. Those clouds then dumped plenty of water on the field, accompanied with enough persistent thunder and lightning to postpone last nights’ matchup.
The Aces were looking to extend its win streak to two games last night but were unable to do so. With the win streak in mind, Alexandria (6-8) will travel to Baltimore tonight to take on the Dodgers (5-10) in the first double header of the season. The first game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 and will be seven innings. The second of the double header, also seven innings, is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. but the start time will depend on the end time of the first game. Aces fans can follow the action on Twitter.
The Aces lead the season series against the Dodgers one game to nothing. Alexandria hosted Baltimore at Frank Mann on June 13 in an 11-1 victory, the second largest margin for the Aces this season.
Nick DiEva is expected to start for the Aces in the first game. DiEva (Stony Brook) has had two appearances, one start and one relief assignment, both of which have been against the Braves. He will come into this second start of the season with a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA. DiEva has pitched eight innings over his two appearances with six hits given up, eight Ks and only one walk.
Harold Myles is scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers against DiEva. Myles, a junior at Southern U A, will pick up his first start of the season against the Aces. Myles has a 4.35 ERA through ten and one-thirds innings pitched. He has given up five earned runs on 13 hits, but has struck out 14 batters and walked five.
Wade McNabb will take the mound for the second game in the double header. The senior RHP out of Stetson U will get his sixth appearance of the season and his first start. McNabb has thrown one inning in each of his five outings, giving up only one hit and no runs. McNabb, with six Ks and four walks, will try to insert himself into the Aces rotation as Coach DeSilva is still looking for one or two more starters.
McNabb will face off against Brian Bauk. Bauk (Appalachian State) has 9.1 IP across two games, with a 0-1 record and a 7.71 ERA. His loss came against the Redbirds on June 12th, and his win came in D.C. against the Grays on June 18th. Bauk has given up eight runs, all earned, on 12 hits, but has struck out eight batters and only walked one.
After the double header, the Aces will take the day off on Thursday and return home to Frank Mann on Friday to face the D.C. Grays.
The Aces bounced back from a 6-1 loss to the Thunderbolts on Sunday night and responded with a 7-2 win over the visiting Herndon Braves at Frank Mann Field last night.
The keys to the win were the same last night as they have been all season long. Strong pitching from Gabe Mosser (Shippensburg) was backed up by an offensively heavy 3rd inning when the Aces scored five runs. This season, the Aces have had success when the starting pitchers get help from the Aces bats and the same was true last night.
Alexandria looks to continue the win streak tonight against the Gaithersburg Giants in the third game of a three game home stand. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Fans who cannot attend the game can follow the Aces Twitter account or listen to Aces Radio.
The Aces (6-8) have already faced the Giants (4-11) once this season, falling 2-1 in Gaithersburg and giving the Giants their first win of the season.
Wade McNabb is the Aces probable pitcher tonight. McNabb (Stetson U) has pitched five innings in as many appearances typically in the later innings of a game. The senior RHP will get his first start of the season tonight against a Giants team that struggled early but has won three straight. McNabb has given up one hit and no runs in his five innings, striking out six and walking four along the way.
Ryan Selmer is expected to take the mound for the Giants tonight in his second start of the season. The junior from the University of Maryland College Park has thrown eight and two-thirds innings for Gaithersburg in three appearances. His first start was in a 4-3 loss to the South division-leading Big Train. Selmer has 8 Ks and 3 walks and has given up two earned runs on five hits.
The Aces still have seven of the next 11 games at home. That stretch could be a great opportunity for Alexandria to ride the wave of home support and start a winning streak. Come out and cheer the Aces to victory!
In the midst of a two-game skid, the Aces played host to the Herndon Braves tonight at Frank Mann Field. The Aces were confident going into tonight’s game with the ace of the staff Gabe Mosser (Shippensburg) taking the mound with a record of 2-0.
Mosser started throwing three consecutive innings with no trouble on the mound as the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third. The Aces then put up five runs with two outs; highlighted by Malcolm Nachmanoff’s (Stony Brook) two-run homerun. The Aces managed to put five runners on in a row with two outs in the inning to make the score 5-0 after three innings of play.
Mosser ran into a little trouble in the fourth as a leadoff single and double put runners on second and third. Mosser struck out Alan Mochabee to get the first out of the inning, before walking the next batter to load the bases with one out. Mosser then recorded another strikeout and a fly out to end the inning and keep the lead at 5-0.
The Aces used this momentum to continue the scoring as newest ace Mike Marcinko (Shippensburg) leadoff with a double to get a rally started. College teammate Jake Kennedy then doubled Marcinko in to push the lead to 6-0. Kennedy came around to score on a wild pitch with two outs in the inning and scored the final run of the game for the Aces.
Mosser surrendered a run in the fifth inning, but finished his outing after six innings only allowing one run on six hits while striking out five. Jacob Craver (UNC Charlotte) surrendered an unearned run after an error in the seventh inning as the lead slipped to 7-2. Closer Joe Smidt (Nebraska-Kearney) came on in the eighth inning to get some work in after three days off, and pitched a scoreless inning. Griffin Harms (Wayne St) pitched the ninth 1-2-3 to finish the game and seal the victory.
Player Of The Game
Tonight’s player of the game is Malcolm Nachmanoff. Nachmanoff hit a clutch two out two run homerun in the bottom of the third to give the Aces the lead and never look back. For the game he went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Over his last four games he is hitting at a .400 clip with five extra base hits and four RBI.
The Aces stay home tomorrow to conclude their three game home stand against the Gaithersburg Giants in a rescheduled game at Frank Mann at 7 PM.
The Alexandria Aces will play the second of three home games in a row tonight as the FCA Herndon Braves come to Frank Mann Field in a South division matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans who cannot attend the game can follow the action on the Aces Twitter page, or listen to Aces Radio.
Alexandria lost its second game in a row last night at home, falling 6-1 to the S.S-Takoma Thunderbolts. Trevor Eulenbach (Texas Tech) gave up four hits and six runs in just two innings and the Aces would never recover. Alexandria went eight innings with no runs and just three hits. A small rally was started with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Aces finally scored a run, but it would prove to be too little too late. The Aces evened up the season series with the T-Bolts at 1-1.
Gabe Mosser will get the start tonight for the Aces (5-8). The sophomore righty out of Shippensburg has solidified himself as the Aces #1 pitcher and is the only starting pitcher with two wins. Mosser is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in two appearances, throwing 10 innings and only giving up one earned run. Mosser has 10 Ks to just five walks.
Sam Bjorngjeld is expected on the mound for the visiting Braves (5-6). Bjorngjeld (Tulane) is 1-0 with a 3.17 ERA in his second summer with the Herndon Braves. He has pitched 5.2 innings over four appearances but will be getting his first start of the season tonight. Bjorngjeld hasn’t pitched more than 2 and one-third innings this year in his previous four appearances.
The series between the Aces and Braves is knotted at one game a piece. The Aces travelled to Herndon on June 12th when the Braves squeaked out a 3-2 win. Alexandria then won the second of the two matchups at Frank Mann six days ago. With the middle of the South division a log jam, both of these teams will be fighting to get a leg up on the other.
Come out and support the Aces as they take on the Herndon Braves. See you there!
The Aces took the water-logged field at Frank Mann Field last night on the heels of a tough 3-0 loss to the Redbirds in which Alexandria played nine scoreless innings.
If the Aces were going to get a run against the visiting Thunderbolts, it would need to come in the first three innings. When the Aces score early, they can win games. When they play multiple scoreless innings, they usually drop a close game.
Alexandria would go on to play eight more scoreless innings, 17 straight, in a 6-1 loss to the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Trevor Eulenbach (Texas Tech) gave up 6 runs on 4 hits in the first two innings. Those six early runs proved to be too big of a hole for the Aces, who only had three hits through the first eight innings of play.
A double from Malcolm Nachmanoff (Stony Brook) in the bottom of the ninth brought Danny Pardo (Campbell) home and started a mini-rally. That rally was quickly cut short when Ryan McMillen (Shippensburg) struck out looking to end the inning and the game, leaving Nachmanoff and Beau Hall (Georgetown) stranded on base. Pardo had two of the Aces’ four hits, with McMillen and Nachmanoff picking up the other two.
Conrad Wozniak (UMBC) pitched six spectacular scoreless innings for the T-Bolts, only giving up two hits and fanning seven Aces. The Aces again fell prey to the slow start, which has proven to be the teams downfall many times this season.
The one positive of the night came from Jeremy Larkey (Alderson-Broaddus College) who pitched four scoreless innings of relief for the Aces after Eulenbach’s first two innings. Larkey was able to get out of a number of jams and do his job to keep the score within reach. Larkey had five strikeout and three walks.
The Aces will look to get back on track in the second of three home games in a row tomorrow night as the Herndon Braves come to town. Come out and support the Aces!